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Michael A. Brower

Administrative law Attorney at Muskegon, MI

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    Specialize in Michigan Liquor License transfers and all related matters. -Purchase/Sale of bars, convenience stores, etc. -Liquor Control Code violations

  2. Business

  3. Real estate

For five generations, our family has engaged in the "liquor trade."  Since 1900, one member of our family has, at all times, been engaged in the sale, transportation, or licensing of alcohol.  I am proudly carrying on the family tradition.


By combining Jim Stariha's 46 years of liquor licensing & business law experience with my drive and thirst for knowledge, Jim and I have crafted "Stariha & Brower, PLC" the premier liquor licensing firm in Michigan.  We work closely with manufacturers and retails in any matters involving licensing - including transfers, sales, liquor violations, and more.  In addition, our backgrounds in property law and business law allow us to serve clients in a "one-stop-shop" manner, managing the various issues that may arise for any client.


On a personal note - 

I am a proud resident of Muskegon and an afficianado of all things related to "Pure Michigan."  Born and raised near the big lake, I enjoy spending my summers on the water.  Much of my free time is spent with my wonderful wife and my two dogs.

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Licensed for 11 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Stariha & Brower PLC
800 First St #357
Muskegon, MI, 49443


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Posted by April | January 30, 2014
Not your typical lawyer......
I was referred to Micheal to have a will done. I found him to be very personalbe and comfortable to deal with. Michael was also extremely reasonable with his rates. The work was done when he said it would be done. I had to change a couple of things toward the end and he graciously did this without any inconvience shown at all. I would go back to him for further work if necessary.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Co-Founder / Managing Member
  • 18th Amendment Spirits Co
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Michigan State University College Of Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Co-Owner / Beer Barrister
  • Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney / Co-Founder
  • Stariha & Brower, PLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clerk
  • James R. Stariha, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Research Assistant - Roberta Kwall
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • J.D. - Summa Cum Laude
  • 2011

Legal Cases

  • Fuel Pump Inventory Requirement
  • In favor of client
  • Appeal of Liquor License Denial - Violation History & Foreign Source of Funds
  • In favor of client
  • Appeal of Liquor License Denial - Felony
  • In favor of client
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  • Michigan Business Broker's Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Michigan Food and Beverage Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Michigan Licensed Beverage Association
  • Vice President - Unit 32
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2011


  • Michigan Hospitality Review
  • Michigan's Secondary Use Advertising Ban: Archaic, Unconstitutional, and About the Money
  • 2013
  • Stariha & Brower, PLC
  • Licensed Business Handbook (A guide for liquor-licensed businesses)
  • 2012
  • DePaul Law Review
  • The "Backlash" of the Implied Warranty of Habitability: Theory vs. Analysis
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Friend
"Securing liquor licenses is a specialized field, and it helps to have a lawyer who knows his way around the Liquor Control Commission. Michael Brower is a smart lawyer, all-around good guy, and has quickly become the go-to person in Muskegon and surrounding counties for LCC projects."
Administrative law Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is far and away one of the sharpest attorneys I know when it comes to Liquor Law in the State of Michigan. His friendly and outgoing demeanor belie his tenacity as an attorney. I cannot say enough about Michael, his results speak volumes."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Other
"Michael Brower is a tireless worker and an exceptional advocate. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Muskegon Administrative law Lawyer Michael A. Brower
Michael A. Brower
Administrative law Attorney
Muskegon, MI
Licensed for 11 years
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